John Romkey on his motorcycle by Tait's Grocery Store, Pleasant St, Dartmouth 1940s
Most of the photographs were taken by John Romkey at (Royal Canadian Air Force) RCAF Station Dartmouth; later renamed (Canadian Forces Base) CFB Shearwater.
AVRO ANSON multi-engined aircrew trainer
manufacturer: Avro, Avro Canada, Federal Aircraft (Canada)
power plant:  Two 350-h.p. Armstrong Siddeley "Cheetah LX" engines.
crew/passengers: General reconnaissance aircraft with a crew of three; or, a navigational trainer carrying a pilot, two student navigators and a wireless operator or, an advanced pilot trainer.
armament: None but provisions for bomb and gunnery training in turret equipped with machine gun and using practice bombs in underwing bomb bays
max speed: 188 mph at 7,000
cruise speed:158 mph
range: 790 miles
service ceiling: 19,000 ft.
weight empty: 5,375 lbs.
weight gross: 8,000 lbs.
wingspan: 56 ft. 6 in.
length: 42 ft. 3 in.
height: 13 ft. 1 in.

PBY-5A CATALINA used in anti-submarine warfare
PBY-5A CATALINA used in anti-submarine warfare
manufacturer: Consolidated Aircraft Corporation
type: Patrol bomber
crew: 7 to 9
length: 63 ft. 10 in.
height: 18 ft. 6 in. 
wingspan: 104 ft.
wing area: 1,400 sq. ft.
weight empty: 17,526 lb.
weight gross: 34,000 lb.
max speed: 189 mph at 7,000 ft.
ceiling: 18,100 ft.
range: 2,990 miles
armament: Two .30-in. and two .50-in. flexible-mounted machine guns and provisions for four 1,000 lb. bombs

Trans Canada Air Lines Logo
DOUGLAS DC 3 fixed-wing propeller driven airliner
TCA (Trans Canada Air Lines) was created by the Crown Corporation Canadian National Railways (CNR), and launched its first flight on September 1, 1937, on a flight between Vancouver and Seattle. With war looming, the CNR proved an effective vehicle for the government to create a national airline. During 1943-1947 TCA operated the Canadian Government Trans-Atlantic Air Service (CGTAS) to provide trans-Atlantic military passenger and postal delivery service; the average crossing taking 13:25 hours.

DOUGLAS DC 3 fixed-wing propeller driven airliner
DOUGLAS DC 3 fixed-wing propeller driven airliner
  1. First flight was on December 17, 1935
  2. twin-engine airliner designed by Douglas Aircraft Company Incorporated and produced from 1936 to 1954
  3. Usually seated 21 passengers and two crew but could carry up to 32 passengers
  4. Developed in 1935 as a derivative of the DC-2 and could carry 14 (for overnight flights)
  5. Became one of the most successful airliners of all time, revolutionizing air transport for decades
  6. Served with airline companies and military forces around the world
  7. 16,000 DC-3s were manufactured primarily as military transport
  8. More than 500 are still listed in the U.S. and Canadian civil aircraft register
CRASH BOATS high-speed offshore rescue boats
type: High speed rescue launch
displacement: 21.5 tons
length: 63 ft
beam: 17 1⁄2 ft
draught: 3 3⁄4 ft
propulsion: 3 × Napier Sea Lion each of 500 hp (373 kW)
speed: 36 kn (67 km/h)
range: 500 miles (800 km)
complement: 9 (including captain and a medical orderly)
armament: 2 × 0.303 machine guns

 FAIREY SWORDFISH biplane torpedo bomber
wingspan: 45 ft 6 inches (13.9 m)
wing area: 607 sq ft (56.39 sq m)   
length: 35 ft 8 in (10.4 m)
height: 12 ft 4 in (3.8 m)
empty weight: 4,700 lb (2,130 kg)
max loaded weight: 7,510 lb (3,410 kg)    
maximum speed: 140 mph (225 km/h)
service ceiling: 10,700 ft (3,260 m)
range: 550 mi (880 km)  
FAIREY FIREFLY F. MK I  carrier-borne fighter aircraft
FAIREY FIREFLY F. MK I  carrier-borne fighter aircraft
origin: United Kingdom
manufacturer: Fairey Aviation Company Ltd UK
service entry: 1943
production total: 1,702
Crew: 2
length: 37.60 ft (11.46 m)
width: 44.49 ft (13.56 m)
height: 13.58ft (4.14 m)
weight empty: 9,751 lb (4,423 kg)
weight MTOW: 14,019 lb (6,359 kg)
powerplant: 1 x Rolls-Royce Griffon IIB V-12 inline piston engine developing 1,735 horsepower.
max speed: 316 (509kmh)
max range: 1,300 miles (2,092km)
service ceiling: 27,999 ft (8,534m, 5.3 miles)

GRUMMAN TBF AVENGER American torpedo bomber
armament:  Guns: 2 × 0.50 in. wing-mounted M2 Browning machine guns, 1 × 0.50 in. dorsal-turret mounted M2 Browning machine gun, 1 × 0.30 in. ventral-mounted M1919 Browning machine gun
power plant: 1 × Wright R-2600-20 radial engine, 1,900 hp
crew: 3
length: 40 ft. 11.5 in.
wingspan: 54 ft. 2 in.
height: 15 ft. 5 in.
wing area: 490.02 sq. ft.
empty weight: 10,545 lbs.
loaded weight: 17,893 lbs.
range: 1,000 miles
max speed: 275 mph
ceiling: 30,100 ft.

HARVARD Basic Combat Trainer
HARVARD Basic Combat Trainer
serial: 07-144, RCAF 3275, CF-MGI, CF-GME
manufactured: 1941
engine: 600 hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp R-1340-AN-1 air cooled radial
maximum speed: 212 mph (341 km/h)
service ceiling: 21,500 ft (6553 m)
empty weight: 4,158 lb (1,886 kg)
loaded weight: 5,617 lb (2,548 kg)
span: 42 ft (12.8 m)
length: 29 ft (8.8 m)
height: 11 ft 8 in (3.5 m)
wing area: 253.7 sq ft (23.6 sq m)
Lockheed Hudson Mk III bomber
LOCKHEED HUDSON BOMBER light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft
manufacturer: Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, California.
crew: Four (two pilots, navigator/bomber and gunner)
type: Light Bomber, Maritime reconnaissance and troop transport.
power plant: Two 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney R-183-92 Twin Wasp
armament: Five 0.3″ guns; 1,600 lb bomb load.
wing span: 65 ft 6 in
length: 44 ft 4 in
wing area: 551 sq ft.
weight: 12,825 lbs (max)
ceiling: 21,000 ft
range: 2800 miles

SUPERMARINE SEAFIRE F. MK III carrier based fighter
SUPERMARINE SEAFIRE F. MK III carrier based fighter
origin: United Kingdom
manufacturer: Supermarine / Westland / Cunliffe-Owen - UK
service entry: 1942
production total: 2,334
crew: 1
length: 29.92 ft (9.12 m)
width: 36.84 ft (11.23 m)
height: 11.42ft (3.48 m)
weight (empty): 5,399 lb (2,449 kg)
weight (MTOW): 7,000 lb (3,175 kg)
max speed: 349 mph (560 km/h)
max range: 553 miles (890km)
service ceiling: 23,999 ft (7,315 m, 4.5 miles)
rate if climb: 4,800 ft/minute
power plant: 1 x Rolls-Royce Merlin 45, 50, or 55/55M V-12 liquid-cooled inline piston engine developing 1,600 horsepower.
armament suite: 2 x 20mm Hispano cannons and 4 x 7.7mm Browning machine guns in wings OR 4 x 20mm Hispano cannons in wings.
A convoy of ships heads into Basin Basin April 1, 1942
Convoy leaving Halifax Harbour during the Second World War
Imperoyal Village, Woodside, VE Day May 7, 1945
Imperoyal Village, Woodside, VE Day May 7, 1945
Imperoyal Village, Woodside, VE Day May 7, 1945
US NAVY MARTIN P5M-2 MARLIN  twin-engined piston-powered flying boat
manufacturer: In 1951, Martin began a major redesign of the Marlin, producing the P5M-2
first flew April 29, 1954.
wingspan: 118 feet 2 inches
wing area: 1,406 sq feet
length: 100 feet 7 inches
height: 32 feet 8 inches
empty weight: 50,485 pounds
max loaded weight:  85,000 pounds
maximum speed: 250 MPH
service ceiling:  24,000 feet
range: 2,205 MI